SCOTTISH AMATEUR FOOTBALL NEWS EXCLUSIVE
Steins Thistle AFC are set to launch a search for their new Manager and Coaching Staff, writes Tom Scott.
Today, former boss George Ward reveals exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News the background behind this shock decision emerging from the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL Club.
Said George “The last game we played before Covid-19 was a promotion decider against Gartcosh and although we lost it, that was the night we felt we had a team ready for success for the following season – and then Covid hit.”
“Myself George Ward (Manager), Kenny Ferguson and Sam McCue (Assistants) had been approached by David George as the new Management team back at the tail end of 2018. The Club were going through a transition period and a lot of players moved on. However, there were players whom we owe a great gratitude to as they didn’t give up on us.”
“There came a very low point against Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Cup. After the game I reached out to the McRoberts twins, and David Weir, all legends at the Club, to come in and play as they had watched that day.”
“There was no hesitation and they re-joined the Club. Adding those three to that core of experienced players started to show on the pitch, and some of the football was superb to watch. The guy’s experience and encouragement started to bring on the younger guys. The game at Gartcosh that night was a big moment for us as we felt good going into the following season. Football then got suspended for a lengthy time.”
“We did start to wonder how many would actually return and how many players’ mind sets this would affect right across the Amateur game. Some of our senior guys retired, they had been loyal and outstanding for us. Other players had work or other commitments that would also prevent them from returning.”
“When we started adding the numbers up, we felt it was another rebuilding job. We explained to our Committee we felt it was in the best interest of the Club if we stepped aside and allowed someone else to come in who could bring new players. It wasn’t that we didn’t want to be at the Club – it was purely a football decision.”
“There are guys like Chipper, Wull, Sharpy and Beastie who have given their all to Steins for years, and yes we could have kept going, but these guys deserved more than us just getting by with thirteen bodies. Steins are a top Amateur Club who need someone to come in with a fresh intake of players to get them back to where they belong.”
“We look back at this disappointed as it was a tough start, but we had turned that corner.”
“We would have liked to have gave the Committee and the players that bit of success, but it just didn’t happen, and with Covid hitting when it did, it ended up bad timing. However, it was certainly not all doom and gloom.”
“The ups certainly out-weighed any downs. Our Captain Steven Desmond and Vice- Captain Ross Fox are two class acts, and supported us right through our time. The other experienced guys, like David Fowler, Grant Scobbie, Alan Pacitti, Darren Hughes and Ryan Scobbie, again class acts and backed us all the way. The guys certainly gave it their all and we cannot question any of their commitment or work rate. Other guys that we brought in again fitted in with the current squad and added quality.”
“We all feel privileged for the opportunity given to us at Steins, and the next Management team will gain a fantastic Club with fantastic facilities. Note of interests have started to come in, and that can be done via the Twitter or Facebook accounts. At this time though, I personally would like to thank all the players who have played under us. The Committee for backing us and having everything set- up. To everyone who sponsored us, it’s not easy or cheap running a team, so again thank you.”
“Good luck to the next Management team and all the success to Steins in the future, it genuinely has been a pleasure.”